VM Day 2011, some work arounds for a motherboard that doesn’t normally support 2008R2 x64
For some reason the Windows 2008R2 requires some drivers for my Asus SaberTooth 990FX Motherboard. They are normally RAID Drivers or chipset, pointing to all 40 of each and none of them worked, however this board normally doesn’t seem to support server. So Install a base copy of Windows 7 then install Windows 2008 R2 from there. Even happens for VM’s.
Once loaded, go ahead and use the Asus Drivers in Compatibility Mode. Right Click [Asus]Setup.EXE -> Properties, go to compatibility Mode settings and run as Windows 7. In my case I used the Vista/Win7 x64 drivers in compatibility mode.